Poly, St. Francis, La Salle Suffer Season-Opening Losses


First published in the Aug. 25 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

Touchdowns were plentiful but the St. Francis High School football team came up short after dropping their season opener at West Ranch High in Valencia, 61-41, on Friday.
SFHS played considerably better than West Ranch despite the loss, registering 31 first downs and only losing 15 yards on two penalties. Meanwhile, West Ranch only managed 15 first downs.
The Golden Knights entered the second half down just six points, 33-27. St. Francis added a pair of touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters but West Ranch posted 22 points in the third quarter to help put the game out of reach.
Senior quarterback Jack Jacobs completed 28 passes for 348 yards with four touchdowns while adding 12 carries for 44 yards on the ground.
Junior John Calmette carried 14 times for 79 yards with a pair of tackles on defense and senior Devyn Turner posted five carries for 39 yards. Senior Clint Geryak and sophomore Isaac Fajardo each had one carry for two yards while the latter added one reception for 11 yards.
Junior Preston Jernegan had six receptions for 81 yards with a pair of touchdowns and six tackles on defense, while senior DruShun Phillips recorded seven catches for 85 yards and a pair of tackles on defense. Senior Hank Foley collected six receptions for 62 yards and one touchdown while adding a pair of tackles on defense, and senior Jett Mccullough and junior John Calmette each notched two receptions for 26 and 23 yards, respectively, while the former added a touchdown. Junior Tyler Cofre had one reception for 31 yards, while juniors Adam Sandoval and Alex Juarez each had one catch for 16 and 15 yards, respectively.
Sophomore Julian Navarro notched six tackles, senior Michael Gordo tallied five tackles, and Juarez and sophomore Thomas Deluccia each recorded three tackles. Senior Ryan Doerfler, junior Phillip Ocon, sophomore Jamie Lawyer and Cofre each produced two tackles, while senior Racin Delgatty and Mccullough each had one tackle.
SFHS (0-1 overall) will visit Millikan High for a nonleague game this Friday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m.

The Lancers were shut out at Brentwood School in Los Angeles, 41-0, in their season-opener on Friday.
Junior Mauricio Pavon had five receptions for 48 yards with an interception, and freshman Drew Ward had three receptions for 48 yards while adding six tackles on defense. Junior Thomas Gomez and sophomore Daniel Arroyas Jr. each tallied nine tackles.
La Salle (0-1 overall) will visit Village Christian High in Sun Valley for a nonleague game on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m.

The Polytechnic varsity football team traveled to San Diego to take on Francis Parker High but ultimately lost its season-opener, 52-27, on Friday.
The Panthers struck first by scoring a touchdown and an extra point within the opening three minutes but Francis Parker quickly tied the game with seven minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Poly managed to keep the game within one touchdown by the end of the first half before Francis Parker added 21 points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
The Panthers recorded 15 first downs on 57 plays but Francis Parker was just slightly more efficient, accumulating 18 first downs on 51 plays. No individual statistics were reported to the Pasadena Outlook.
Poly (0-1 overall) will return to action at San Gabriel in a nonleague game on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.